Now you see it, now you don’t. Google pulls iOS Gmail app within hours

Now you see it, now you don’t. Google pulls iOS Gmail app within hoursYesterday afternoon saw the long-awaited release of the Gmail app for iDevice owners, with a host of sexy features for all and some bonus treats - such as split screen action - for iPad peeps.

But within hours forums were full of complaints from early adopters, and the app quickly vanished from the App Store.

Google had initially published a lengthy blog post titled “Introducing the Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch”, in which Product Manager Matthew Izatt bigged up the various features.

However, an update later in the day explained: “Earlier today we launched a new Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately, it contained a bug which broke notifications and caused users to see an error message when first opening the app.”

Said error message was reportedly: “no valid ‘aps-environment’ entitlement string found for application”, which seemingly ties in with those broken notifications.

Matthew’s update continues: “We’ve removed the app while we correct the problem, and we’re working to bring you a new version soon. Everyone who’s already installed the app can continue to use it.”

Great stuff. I’m no software engineer, but perhaps spend a bit more time testing in future, Googs.

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CTPAHHIK  Nov. 3, 2011 at 10:40

Nice one.

Google is in perpetual beta state with all of their products. Don't think they ever release finished versions (_;). I remember having GMail in beta for 7 years.

MDrX  Nov. 3, 2011 at 11:22

Google should stick to webapps. I don't remember the last time they released a fully-functional, stable and reliable app.

Their method appears to be: release early; update often; at some point in the future it might possibly may be be good enough for folk willing to put up with a host of bugs.


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